WILL Stay PRISTINE: The wetlands location off James Street will keep on being preserved, many thanks to motion taken by the Ocean County Commissioners. (Photo by Ryan Morrill)
A 3.4-acre space of open up place in Harvey Cedars will be preserved, in accordance to motion taken final week by the Ocean County Board of Commissioners. It signifies a part of $500,000 in open house tax funding to conserve lands in the borough and Berkeley Township.
Harvey Cedars Borough Clerk Daina Dale explained the borough’s share is $50,000. The purchase price tag for the James Avenue tract is $125,000.
“We also have Environmentally friendly Acres funding and dollars coming from our have open up room tax, so it will likely charge us $15,000 when it is all carried out,” she reported. “We nonetheless have some paperwork to do, and there will be evaluation by attorneys. That is aspect of the process.”
County Commissioner Virginia Haines, liaison for parks, recreation and natural lands, stated this was the very first time the county was working with open space resources for Harvey Cedars.
“Ownership and management will keep with the borough, and a conservation easement will be devoted to the county,” she stated.
Mayor Jonathan Oldham explained the tract experienced at the time been owned by the DeCesare family.
“It will make feeling to preserve it for the reason that it borders an spot of North Beach front that Extended Seashore Township has presently preserved,” he claimed.
“The space by Barnegat Bay can flood, so defending this salt marsh from advancement will shield nearby qualities,” explained Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “This is particularly crucial for the reason that Ocean County’s authentic open space prepare was flawed, but they altered it. Now they are utilizing open house funding to acquire threatened and environmentally delicate lands to secure them from improvement.”
In November, Ocean County revised its Open Room, Parks and Recreation Plan just after the then-named Board of Freeholders voted against enabling the county to obtain land from its municipalities utilizing open house funds. This opened up $13 million in open space funding.
“Now that they’re working with this income for the correct reason, they’ll be ready to get much more funding from Eco-friendly Acres and nonprofits,” claimed Teitel. “This will further extend the $13 million of open room funding. Preserving open up room is additional essential than ever with local climate impacts like flooding and sea-stage increase. Open up house money are important for stopping inappropriate growth and preserving cities from sprawl. Shielding open space indicates much less traffic, significantly less h2o air pollution and flooding.” —E.E.